Man whose solicitor claims had a ‘potato peeler’ and not a knife during alleged attempted robbery at an off-licence is further remanded in custody

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A MAN who a defence lawyer claims had a ‘potato peeler’ and not a knife in connection with an alleged attempted robbery at an off-licence has been further remanded in custody.

Adam Richard Hogg (28), of Benevenagh Drive in Limavady, is alleged to have attempted to rob Newtown bar staff of cash in Limavady on August 5 this year.

He is also charged with assaulting two police officers and possessing cannabis on the same date.

The defendant appeared at Coleraine Magistrates Court on Monday via video link from prison where he has been on remand in relation to the charges.

A prosecutor said the full file in the case is due from police by September 13 and that CCTV and an interview summary had been requested.

An earlier court heard a police officer said a masked male had entered the off-licence and had a knife whilst carrying cash.

The person working in the off license allegedly recognised Hogg and refused to hand over any money, causing the perpetrator to panic and leave.

Hogg’s lawyer denied his client intended to rob the Newtown off-sales but was there speak to staff about an extremely sick relative being sold alcohol.

A PSNI officer told the earlier court CCTV footage confirmed the item was a knife and although the defence for Hogg claimed it was a potato peeler this was refuted again by the police officer.

Meanwhile the defendant has admitted charges of possessing cannabis and sending a ‘menacing’ message via electronic communications on January 1, 2017.

The defendant was further remanded in custody and the case adjourned to September 30 for a pre-sentence report regarding the 2017 charges.

A defence solicitor at Coleraine Court on Monday said Hogg had “significant mental health issues”.

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